Pickin’ and a Grinnin’

By Leigh Acres

Nov 23, 2019

I remember the phrase “Pickin’ and Grinnin'” from watching “Hee Haw” when I was a kid.

The phrase has changed meanings for me as I’ve become a picker. The newly popular version of the expression means “to select or choose from alternatives” and is widely used to describe hunting for vintage or antique items. 

Last weekend we had our very first public event at Leigh Acres. Our Fall Festival complete with Picker’s Market. I have personally seen fit to provide the public with a picker’s paradise. I’ve got a huge warehouse filled with the things I’ve bought over the last year or so from estate sales, thrift stores, and auctions. As people wound along the aisles, I could hear conversations about the items and their possible origin and age. I’ve got so many unusual things!   

One of the most talked-about items was a hand-carved pipe from an ancient shopkeeper and a shop filled to the brim with artifacts and interesting pieces on Portobello Road. As each person brought the pipe to their lips and blew, I cringed! Then coughed, as puffs of questionable smoke filled the air. I saw one couple fighting over the purchase of the pipe, choosing instead to buy a rocking horse for their child.   

The phrase one man’s trash is another man’s treasure certainly holds true at a picker’s market. 

Some of the other popular items were metal pieces left by the last owner and used oil cans. And, of course, items that invoke nostalgia are always in demand. I have unique furniture pieces from every decade. If someone remembers it from their childhood, they want to talk about it. I love the history of old things. Wondering where they’ve been and what they meant to the people who owned them last. One of my favorite finds was a brush and mirror set from the 1950s. It had never been used but I imagined it was once a gift for some very special lady. It went to a guy’s mother in law who had seen it online! Learning the reasons people want to collect and pick makes me happy. I heard so many stories as the people came to look and “pick.”   

This hobby of picking is one I don’t think I will abandon soon. If you haven’t tried your hand, be sure to come out to Leigh Acres.  We will be picking and most certainly grinning! 

You can find out about our events on our event calendar.

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